Jackie Brown and her grandson Peter Sakash promenade through other square dancers on Friday night during the Chester Historical Society-sponsored Old Fashioned Hoe Down at Stevens Hall. Community members were invited to put their best feet forward and enjoy some square dancing. See more photos page 8. Photo by Chris Paul
Many of us bought our homes a while ago, probably in part because of their rural location. In many cases trees kept the house from full display to the road, and the road itself was often a winding country byway.
But Southern New Hampshire towns have grown in population since then, and those rural byways have in many instances become alternative routes to get to the highway, or back-road speedways for drivers seeking to avoid daily traffic jams.
The population of our towns is headed only one way, and that’s up. It’s not just single-family homes that we’re seeing under construction, but multi-story buildings housing apartments and condos. And with the new residents come multiple vehicles, adding up to more and more traffic. Continue reading
HAMPSTEAD – The School Board took the opportunity last week to identify areas to be funded and areas where they thought savings could be achieved in the coming year’s budget.
This will be a difficult budget season for the School District, if for no other reason than the district is faced with three contract renewals: Hampstead Teachers Association, Hampstead Association of School Staff, and Hampstead Association of Support Personnel. In addition, the School Board earlier made the decision to try again for passage of a construction and renovation project for Central School this year.
Board Chair Jason Cipriano opened the discussion on school board budget priorities Tuesday, Oct. 11 after Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson said she and her fellow administrators have been working on getting the numbers together on what they believe is necessary to support the district’s material and resource needs. Cipriano wanted the board to provide Wilson with guidance as she prepares to introduce the first budget at the Oct. 18 School Board budget meeting, held after the Tri-Town Times goes to press. Continue reading